|Cover art for Nova #13|
The Skrull Invasion storyline has been in the works for a number of years and tying into the epic event was part of DnA's plans for their two cosmic titles from the get-go. "Given that "Secret Invasion" is a Marvel Universe Event of cosmic origin, we could hardly ignore it in our cosmic books," they told CBR News. "The 'Nova' and 'Guardians of the Galaxy' SI stories will examine the event from a galactic perspective in contrast with the great Earth-based stories in other books."
The months of August, September and October is when DnA's protagonists are drawn into the conflict of "Secret Invasion." "Nova" #16-18 will feature art by regular penciller Wellinton Alves and "Guardians of the Galaxy" #4-6 will be drawn by regular artist Paul Pelletier.
|Cover art for Guardians of the Galaxy #1|
The Guardians and Nova may not be spending much time on Earth or in the remnants of the Skrull Empire these days, but that doesn't mean their shape shifting foes are without intelligence on them. "The Skrulls don't have much on the Guardians because they're new as a team (but they know of them as individuals of great power and ability)," DnA explained. "They've got plenty on Nova. He's a human, he's the last of the Xandarian Corps and he's fully loaded with the Worldmind and the Nova Force. He's very high on their target list. They have to eliminate him before he gets involved."
The beginning of "Nova" #16 finds the Human Rocket distracted and dangerously unaware of the Skrull invaders. "Nova's back on duty and trying to catch up with the back log of emergencies," DnA said. "He's properly back in the game for the first time since he got 'selected' by the Phalanx."
|Pages 9-10 of Nova #13|
Nova's concern for his home planet means he'll be back on Earth by the story's end and there's a good chance he won't be heading home by himself. "Super-Skrull is the major guest star in this story arc. Once a classic Marvel super-villain, he has become much nobler of late with his exploits in the Annihilation Wars," DnA explained. "He has fought side-by-side with old enemies against a common foe. The question is, which way will
Super-Skrull ally himself this time as the aggressors are his own people?"
|Cosmic characters like the Silver Surfer pop up often in Nova|
The Skrull invaders inside Knowhere may not be looking to engage the Guardians in direct combat, but instead hit them in a far more dangerous and insidious manner; by sowing fear and suspicion. DnA revealed, "In this story the Guardians are trying to figure out which one of them is the Skrull!"
To make matter worse, The Guardians' short time together as a team make them especially vulnerable to this type of attack. "The Guardians have newly formed and because they were put together quite rapidly, they have not had time to gel as a unit," DnA explained. "They're eager enough but their team dynamics will be put under great tension during this very paranoid and suspicious time."
The Guardians won't be the only ones targeted by the Skrull invaders' psychological warfare tactics. "Supporting characters like Cosmo, Mantis and Groot as well as the inhabitants of Knowhere form an important part of this story." said DnA. "This story is very much set on home turf."
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